Series: Every, #1
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: September 1, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Romance, YA
Source: For tour, Received in exchange for review
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Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics.
Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den-
A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...
Sizzling chemistry and urban intrigue combine in this thriller from a fresh, exciting new talent.
My feet lose contact with the plank and I scream.
Every Breath fell in the pit between realistic and unrealistic. Yes, this novel has no supernatural elements but the whole way it was written; the way the plot was incorporated seemed like quite a mouthful to swallow. This being said, Every Breath was an exciting whodunit read with a more action-motion side to it. Mind you, I can tell an action murder mystery is something hard to accomplish- Ellie Marney’s debut is a great example of an ambitious novel in this sub-genre category.
When neighbour/friends Rachel Watts and James Mycroft find ‘Homeless Dave’ lying nearby the zoo, dead, hell breaks into their lives. In desperate search for the murderer and no idea what to do, they can only seem to rely on each other as more and more people seemed to be two-faced than they had thought. Even though slightly predictable, Every Breath provides a fun yet mysterious novel by Ellie Marney. In Marney’s story, she writes the two main protagonists mainly with their last names. I found this a difficult task for me to get my brain around the whole ‘Watts’ and ‘Mycroft’ dialogue but when I did, it added a whole new level of mystery and intensity. Teenage detectives done right!
Every Breath’s main weakness was in the characters. While someone who hasn’t read many books may come to adore Rachel and James, they felt slightly artificial and typical, in my belief. We have Rachel, the girl who tags along with her secretly-crushing-on-best-friend-bonus-neighbour who happens to be badass. James Mycroft is his name. He looms and swags through school all mysterious then maddening jocular the next. Nonetheless, there’s a little depth slicing through my slight resentment towards Rachel and James. In the end, they weren’t too bad. They got a little growth throughout the novel however there needed more of it.
It saddens me to a great amount that no opposite genres can be only friends and nothing more. Every Breath clearly was not a book with my not-so-secret-wish. Yet, I still really enjoyed the romance. While it was awfully gradual and I saw it coming a mile away, there was no major angst or cheesiness. It actually felt like a chemistry and was sweet at times.
A few more smaller problems: Showing versus telling. There was little too much telling at times and not enough showing.
Uneven descriptions. This is a debatable point as I felt that there were some irrelevant descriptions and not enough descriptions in action-cramped scenes.
All in all, Every Breath was not perfect but had it’s highlights. The romance and plot is one to look forward to, despite a hint of unbelievability in some weak areas.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for the copy!~
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